August 15th, 2008
03:54 PM ET

Weekend Buzz

Lisa Ort
AC360° Producer

Here’s a look at some of the stories on our radar for tomorrow:

RAW POLITICS: Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barak Obama are both scheduled to participate in the Saddleback Church’s Civil Forum on Leadership and Compassion. The Rev. Rick Warren is moderating the forum. 

SEATTLE HEMPFEST: This is one of the world's largest marijuana legalization festivals.  This year’s theme is Industrial Hemp.

MADONNA TURNS 50: Singer Madonna, born on Aug 16, 1958 in Bay City, MI. turns 50.

CHRISTIAN PRAYER GATHERING: The Christian group “TheCall” holds a gathering on the National Mall to pray and fast. The organizers have called for one million Christians to join them.

WORLD PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIP: Bands from 16 different countries, including Canada, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Pakistan, will travel to Glasgow, Scotland to become the 2008 world pipe band champion.  

30th ANNUAL MINNESOTA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: 300,000 are expected at this festival which begins in Shakopee, MN.

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  1. Cecil Diggs, IIII

    Anderson, I am writing you to share an observation about the Rick Warren moderated forum with McCain and Obama. There is arguable doubt about whether McCain heard the interview with Obama. It seems quite a coincidence that McCain wanted to return to the question about Supreme Court Justices before Pastor Warren brought it up. When he realized he got ahead of the question, he covered with "because the Judges are very important to that question about Pro-life." Why has no one questioned McCain about why he was late? Exactly what time did he arrive? Did he ever go into the "Cone of Silence"? If he arrived too late to be sequestered, he had opportunity to hear all of the questions and most of Obama's responses. Why is this important? It goes to integrity. He is an honored ex-military man because he was a POW. I'm sure the man has some integrity. When I review his responses to all of the questions already asked of Obama, he was like a race horse at the starting gate. He put on quite a show. His body language and tonal quality changed on the questions not asked of Obama. Also, analyzing Warren's body language when McCain asked about returning to the Judges is telling. Get some of those body language experts to analyze the whole interview. I do not expect the McCain campaign or candidate to tell the truth. They have to back up their lie. McCain asked for the judges question before it came up. That is the truth!

    August 18, 2008 at 9:21 am |
  2. Eileen Bryant

    I just found out that the Rev. Rick Warren initially provided wrong
    information on his debate with Mcaine and Obama. Mcaine was
    not even there for the first half hour of the show and we were told
    he was placed in a quiet room. I wondered how Mcaine appeared
    to answer the questions so quickly and almost even before he was
    asked. Now the media seems to be down playing the issue and the
    Rev Warren said he asked Mcaine if he heard any questions before
    he arrived and Mccaine responded "no" and he said he believed him.
    I am outraged because Mcaine had an advantage and anyone who
    watched the show can tell he was to quick answering the questions
    when it took him 2 minutes to answer the viagra question. In all
    fairness let America know this happened and ask Mcaine to take a
    lie detector test in order for me to ever believe he was'nt listening
    to satellite radio. Why was he so late anyway???

    August 18, 2008 at 9:20 am |
  3. Mark, Undecided

    I watched it. I was amazed by the difference in presentation between Obama and McCain. Obama hesitated and used lessons in life or kept saying things like: "I was just saying the other day". It was like he was stalling trying to find himself and his answer. McCain came across confident with no hesitation. Whether you agree with McCain's views he spoke with conviction. Obama was too soft.

    August 18, 2008 at 5:56 am |
  4. J.V.hodgson

    The Warren style suits me fine as it avoids the noisy contentious style of so called moderated debates ( i.e interruptions and point scoring by all candidates) and leaves a clear impression of each candidates position on important religious topics.
    It is no surprise to hear McCain sticking clearly to long held republican views and those that coincide with Evangelicals generally
    He will as usual take the majority of these voters ( not all clearly) and some remain undecided on what is becoming more complex as science knows more than when the bible was written.
    Also the constitutions primary requisite is the freedom of the individual re abortion etc and is not for law to interfere therwith. What should be done is to legislate on a social conscience basis to support those who go against the mainstream while allowing evangelicals to follow thier beliefs. Not be involved in abortion participate in gay realtionships or allow the benefits of stem cell research. In the case of stem cell research much is going on outside the US and the question I pose to an evangelical is that if such research found a cure for cancer, Alzheimers, or other life saving cures for a family member would they reject the application of that cure?
    They are 1 in 4 of the adult population which means maybe 75% do not agree.
    I applaud both candidates for sticking with their point of view.

    August 18, 2008 at 2:09 am |
  5. Linda Williams

    I'm just wondering why we hear all about candidates infidelities but never here anything about John McClain's numerous infidelities while he was married to his first wife & the fact that he was having an affair with his now wife while married to his first wife – who waited on him all those years he was a prisoner of war & he left her after she had a car wreck, had numerous surgeries, was left crippled & yet he still left her for another woman. Doesn't sound like the type of man I would trust as far as you could throw him.

    August 17, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  6. Patricia

    I listen to Obama and McCain last night. I don't think they were fair to
    Obama. I believe McCain was able to listen in on Obama. He got the question ahead of time.

    August 17, 2008 at 9:33 pm |
  7. Anthony Francis

    I see a main article on CNN today, indicating that John McCain did not receive the questions in advance or was able to hear Barack Obama and Rick Warren backstage, but can anybody tell me why John McCain asked Rick " i want to get back to that Supreme Court question, when in fact, at that time in the program, the domestic group of questions, in which the Supreme Court question was part of, had not yet been asked to Senator McCain? WOW!

    August 17, 2008 at 9:15 pm |
  8. Ki

    I am really surprised at Rick Warren. I spent the last two years really liking his word only to find out he is just like all these other ministers and politicains. He said John McCain was in an area where he would not be able to hear the questions he gave to Sen. Obama. Only to find out on CNN that John McCain was in his car. That means he had access to a cell, lap top and probably even a TV. That means he had a clear advantage. That is a disgrace. Warren should have had two sets of questions prepared if John McCain was unable to be at his set location.

    August 17, 2008 at 7:18 pm |
  9. Jeremy

    Was it just me or did the performance of the two candidates at the Warren forum go deeper than "different styles"? I agree that Obama looked thoughtful and considered issues in detail, while McCain seemed to have an immediate opinion on almost everything. I also agree that McCain told moving stories, that the forum favored him slightly (getting the same questions after hearing Obama's answers), and that Obama didn't show enough strength and resolve.

    Here's the thing that bothers me though... I felt like McCain wandered a bit at times, didn't care about respecting differing views on issues, and wasn't always answering the questions asked. It also seemed he was jumping for the soundbyte or the popular conservative answer in the first few seconds of each question more than Obama (ex- all the left-leaning Supreme Court Justices are bad, Pro-life/anti-abortion all the way, "Drill now" and teasing about "Kali-fornia"). Why aren't the news programs talking about this as an obstacle to "partnerships across the aisle" for McCain... didn't we get into enough trouble with the Bush administration never listening to anyone (and even he claimed he would be able to do so during the first election)?

    August 17, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
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    August 17, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  11. Kent Fitzsimmons,Kewanee, IL

    Obama is not afraid of McCain in a debate. There are three debates set up for after the conventions. He debated Hillary over 20 times. Hopefully, Obama and the moderators at these debates can keep McCain sane enough to answer the questions instead of slipping into demetia and reliving Vietnam and ignoring the questions..............

    August 17, 2008 at 12:00 pm |
  12. Pat

    Rick Warren is a great pastor and his moderation was very fair. I wish other ministers could be as fair. I also hope this forum dispels the Obama is Muslim lie and the anti-Christ. I don't know how a person can claim to be a christian and not accept his fellow christian brother.

    August 17, 2008 at 12:56 am |
  13. Pat

    I saw the forum with Senator Obama and Senator McCain tonight and I am a Obama supporter but I thought McCain did a better job. He was quick with his answers while Obama was too intellectual. I still support Obama and his policies. I knew he was going to have a much more difficult time with Evangelicals because of his position on abortion and his reasoning for abortion could have been better. McCain played his hand with all he had especially the prisoner of war stories which play well with the base.

    August 17, 2008 at 12:53 am |
  14. Mary Greene

    Sen. McCain get a grip. Quick judgement is not always the answer as you sent those people to Georgia. You are not President, we only have one at one time. He said he wanted help all Americans–where were you the last 26 years–hiding under your chair in Congress. Why didn't he help America then instead of going to war which he will do again just like Bush did. The man is a warmonger and that what warmongers do–START WARS AND FIGHTS WARS. AMERICA WAKE UP.He has already stirred up Georgia and not even President yet. God help us if we start a 3rd war. Who are going to fight it the elderly because we are short of troops in every branch. I was in the military 29 years and seen young people die. McCain doesn't care. He has lived a long life–let's try to help save our young men in America from fighting 3 or 4 wars.

    August 17, 2008 at 12:12 am |
  15. Cupper

    Did McCain just Declare victory in Iraq?

    Is there a transcript yet?

    WHy is he declaring Victory before Bush? Or did Bush already declare victory with that little Cod Piece Carrier Landing Stunt? (it's so confusing when you've been lied to so many times)

    Like what McCain said in Colorado yesterday, that recent Russian aggression in Georgia is the "first...serious crisis internationally since the end of the Cold War."

    McCain seemingly ignored the Gulf War, 9/11, and the Iraq War, just to name a few.

    When is SOMEONE going to call outhim out on these obvious discrepancies?


    August 17, 2008 at 12:10 am |
  16. Mary Greene

    Sen. Obama is not afraid to debate McCain. This too will come. He flew from Hawaii to Chicago and then to California. Boy, I bet he was jet lag. At least Senator Obama talked about personal issues which I thought the debate was about. Sen. McCain talked mostly about war, attack, fighting and war and national security. Where is his faith? He cheated on his wife, left her for Cindy and tried to commit suicide and have not skipped a beep on any of this like it was alright to do this to his first wife and kill himself. He didn't even mentioned this and he, to me answered his questions too quickly. Is this what we are going to have in Washington, starting wars without asking questions, making snap judgements on his own as Bush did and go us into this mess in these wars and he has the audacity to say Russia must not invade other countries in the 21th century. What did Bush do and McCain voting for it to invade Iraq. Do we have double standards here?

    August 17, 2008 at 12:03 am |
  17. kaycosby

    This forum really revealed the one dimension of John McCain. John McCain confirmed the opinion I already had of him, of being consumed with war. He spoke nothing of poverty and health care for all Americans, not even affordable education for college students. He didn't answer the question about being rich, maybe, he is so out of touch with the middle class that he cannot fathom anyone making under six figures.
    I also sensed that he knew the questions before hand. He answered too quick, as if he knew what the question was before it was asked.
    As I said before he is one dimensional, Do we need another George Bush? I don't think this country can survive another fiasco.

    August 16, 2008 at 11:00 pm |
  18. Carrie, CO

    I'm watching this and it's painful – Is this the type of president McCain will be? Doesn't listen, doesn't think before he answers. Just blurts out whatever he wants And – apparently we can all be "rich" if we just have a job and family. Thanks John – is that so you feel better about all of that money you and Cindy have. Apparently if you make under $5 mill. your not rich – and you'd be unhappy if you were.

    Well at least this is bearable because we've been taking a drink for each "my friends" comment and at least we're feeling pretty good by now!

    August 16, 2008 at 9:34 pm |
  19. Chris

    What concerns me and should also concern other born again Christians is that "not wearing my religion on my shirtsleeves" and keeping in private as McCain says about his view on religion is ABSOLUTELY NOT BIBLICAL

    August 16, 2008 at 7:40 pm |
  20. Thomas Oklahoma

    I think both candidates are wrong for participating in such a forum.
    Whatever happened to separation of church and state?
    I don't care to hear about the faith of these men. I simply want to know about their desire and ability to help us solve some of our complex problems. We are currently in a senseless war in Iraq and inching towards another with Iran and perhaps Russia. We are getting competition from other developing countries in areas of trade, energy, jobs and others key items. Drugs and crimes related to drugs are epidemic in this country. Who gives a damn about the faith of these two candidates. Can they help us to solve our problems.

    Also, who determines what religion should dominate this country anyway? Will the faith of people in the next president's cabinet matter?
    If I am a Jehovah's Witness, buddist, muslim, morman, catholic, jew, or baptist will I not be considered worthy of being a U.S. citizen. Can I participate in this government if I am not of the same faith. What if these men believe in devil woshiping?

    Bottom line is this: I can't believe that Americans are so shallow-minded that they really give a damn about the faith of these men.
    Besides, how can you tell who's lying about their faith? We all know that many preachers have lied about everything from infidelity to drugs, money, sex with children.....you name it.
    So why in the hell do we care about the faith of these candidates?
    I think it's a joke. I think this forum is about as unamerican as anything. And this comment is coming from someone who has a very deep and true religious faith. But my faith is certainly not any better or worse than yours.

    August 16, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  21. Rose from Southern Calif

    Well, the weekend is here lets comment on Madonna she looks great! If I had that much money I would look great too, thank goodness for face-lifts. Well, Prez. Obama oh, did I say that? I mean Senator Obama and McCain will do a good job in the Saddleback church with Rev. Rick Warren moderating it. Heaven help us! The gethering of christians, what can I say if all can get along and not judge each other because of different believes may God be with them. Have a safe weekend. Rose Loya

    August 16, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  22. Rose from Southern Calif

    Well, the weekend is here lets comment on Madonna she looks great! If I had that much money I would look great too, thank goodness for face-lifts. Well, Prez. Obama oh, did I say that? I mean Senator Obama and McCain will so a good job in the Saddleback church with Rev. Rick Warren moderating it. Heaven help us! The gethering of christians, what can I say if all can get along and not judge each other because of different believes may God be with them. Have a safe weekend. Rose Loya

    August 16, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  23. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    This should be very interesting, John McCain talking about faith and morals. McCain will undoubtedly will say we need to talk about more important things. This should be very interesting.

    August 16, 2008 at 11:54 am |
  24. KJ Western, MA

    Lynn......that makes since he did need time to establish himself as a candidate and leader of the Democrats. The fight to get the nomination was a tight one. Thanks for the insight.

    As for discussing the faith issue, I am interested in their point of view......but I want to hear about issues differences such as the war, Iraq, Iran, Russia, poverty, economy, and etc. The only thing I really care about with faith, is that they will not interfer with freedom of religion.

    As for Madonna, I only wish I would even be in half her shape when I get around that age........ Happy B-Day Madonna.

    Betty Ann- love your country side!!! I know that area (not to far from you) well. Have a great weekend......

    August 16, 2008 at 9:05 am |
  25. Gina - Missouri

    I think Obama will wipe the floor with John McCain in a traditional debate like the 3 that, I heard, are planned for. Obama backed off of doing "town hall meetings" with McCain which I think was correct. Why waste time on small events that can be staged with swift-boat like attacks by republicans? A proper moderator can control the flow of questions better.

    August 16, 2008 at 5:48 am |
  26. Gloria

    I look forward to the Obama/McCain Civil Forum. I truly believe that Obama will outshine McCain.

    August 16, 2008 at 1:19 am |
  27. Julie San Diego, CA

    Is it already that time of year again?

    Hello to Mic, Kristen, Doug, and anyone else in the King's Court at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival out in Shakopee. You guys and gals make awesome music together! Wish I sang like you. Enjoy the mead, ale, and the signature turkey legs and try to stay cool under that heavy renaissance clothing that looks beautiful but is unbearably hot in the height of a MInnesota summer.

    You former compadre, Kevin (a.k.a. the festival's Silent Monk) would say hello, but he's snoring in the back yard as we speak.

    August 16, 2008 at 1:01 am |
  28. matthew

    The USA is not ready for a black president there is to much going on in the world to to have somone like obama in office. i think the US is going down the crapper because no one cares. just look at the school system its NOT working people if you go to school you have to worry about being shot well would you want to go to school and just maybe somthing like this would happening to you.Well the thing that are going on in georgia the US has NO buisness helping anyone. They will not help there own people so is this messed up or what.. All my taxse go to a war that i do not believe in and just the thought of a new war just make me want to get the hell out of the US if i only had the money i would gone.. i just wish the US would pay for me to move out of this place..

    August 16, 2008 at 12:30 am |
  29. Pam

    David Gergen for Obama's VP. Intelligence, experience – and most importantly – a level head who cares more about the betterment of our nation, and in turn, our world, than himself.

    August 15, 2008 at 11:48 pm |
  30. Jean Rogers

    The Saddleback Civil Forum sounds very interesting to me. I intend to be in front of the tube taking in how each candidate (Obama & McCain) can, with ease, discuss their faith. I am very much interested in all their answers.

    However, before the night is over, I expect in some round about way Pastor Warren will get around to asking the age old gotcha question that all politicians must answer in a safe assessment of the facts, to win their particular race, "Do you know Jesus?" or more simply, " Are you a christian?" This year's race for the president will be no different!

    Answer incorrectly at their own peril because if one of them does, that one can cancel the moving vans that could have taken them to 1600 Pennsylvania!

    August 15, 2008 at 11:32 pm |
  31. Peace Out

    Compare interview # 1 Rev Wright with interview #2 and then the speech a few days later and plane trip with Anderson Cooper. Why would anyone have to be dishonest about their minister ? Why not have just responded the truth. Yeah,I've heard the Rev. wind up a time or two after twenty years in church but we talked about it. Why did he after twenty years being with the Trinity Church Of God leave ? To be President and his minister was stiring up a fuss of racial rhetoric or what ?

    August 15, 2008 at 11:08 pm |
  32. lampe

    Maybe, we will finally know exactly what religion Michelle and Barak Obama practice,outside of the hate-filled, racist, white-hating worship they did with Rev. Wright, and Father Phelger.

    August 15, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  33. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    Finally, there's a mention of a female vp running mate for McCain! I want to hear more of this type of thinking.

    August 15, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  34. Peace Out

    Praying for divine intervention delegates retally their votes and repeal at the convention and Clinton wins ! Interested in Obama's response concerning Rev. Wright and why was he disingenous while being interviewed by Anderson Cooper on interview # ! ?

    August 15, 2008 at 10:26 pm |
  35. CaseyJ - Palm Springs, CA

    Intersting weekend. especially the Saddleback Church Civic Forum and the marijuana festival in Seatlle. I wonder what the air will be like in Seattle! I think I have a date with big foot.

    August 15, 2008 at 9:59 pm |
  36. Sam

    I do not understand why christians tend to support McCain. He doesn't care about people dying in his wars, he lies, cheats etc. Do they understand what being a christian is about? Besides, this war hero description is totally ridiculous. I think that Obama had to overcome so much more than McCain. At this moment, Obama is at risk of being physically hurt by a racist fool . He knows that but still continues to fight . To me, that's what I call a man, a fighter, a hero. McCain is white, he has the white media on his side, CNN is doing a great job boosting him. McCain can also count on the blue-collar uneducated racist in the south. McCain is a lucky man.

    August 15, 2008 at 9:48 pm |
  37. Heather,CA,US

    Is the Hemp Fest protected from the DEA? The Material girl at 50.Why not.

    August 15, 2008 at 9:18 pm |
  38. lynn

    Obama didn't debate McCain because he needed time to establish himself as the candidate and the leader of the Democrats. McCain had three months to do that because their primaries were shorter.

    It is pretty obvious that with the drama that might happen at the convention that he did the right thing. He will do very well tomorrow night while I predict MCCain will have problems discussing his faith.

    I wasn't impressed with McCain at the Republican debates; too condescending, and sarcastic. Obama will do very well during the debates because he isn't afraif of McCain.

    August 15, 2008 at 8:51 pm |
  39. Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,TX

    More politics. I love an election year!
    Madonna looks great for 50! I hope I look that good when I get there~
    Thanks for the week-end buzz!
    I'll be haveing a week-end buzz of my own! 🙂

    August 15, 2008 at 7:19 pm |
  40. KJ Western, MA

    The Civil Forum with Obama and McCain, should be interesting, but will leave myself still wanting. Why will Obama not debate McCain? I enjoyed Obama and Clinton's debates. Obama is a good speaker, but seems afraid to debate McCain. As an Independent voter, this makes me worry.... if he is afraid to debate McCain, how can he hold his own against those outside of the USA? Anyone can read (or give) a speech, much less answer a question.

    I am not opposed to Obama, as I am still leaning towards him (depending on his VP choice) but I still want a leader who is strong especially now with Russia.

    August 15, 2008 at 5:12 pm |